Things to do in Dubai
Discover the wonder of Dubai!
Dubai is known as the events capital of the MENASA region (Middle East, North Africa and South Asia). Almost every week there is at least one major event or festival to enjoy, plus there are countless activities and experiences to enjoy day-to-day. Dubai has something for everyone—from kids to parents, friends to couples, business travellers and more! Ranked 2nd in the world for safety and security, everything you can do in Dubai comes with an extremely small amount of risk. That means you can just get out and enjoy yourself, every day, to the absolute fullest!
Enjoy family fun in the sun, air-conditioning or snow in Dubai (yes, snow in the desert!). From traditional beach-based family holidays, to theme park hopping, unique events and cultural experiences, there’s something waiting for Dubai for every family, young or old! Head to Kite Beach to get the party started. Located in the Jumeirah Beach region, this beautiful stretch of water and sand has been aptly named after its leading water sports attraction, kite surfing. Rent equipment from operators along the shore and test your skills as a family. Glide along the beautiful emerald waters or opt to swim, paddle board or build castles in the sand! There are great children’s play areas to try out too, so every member of the family will have a fun day at the beach!
Head next to one of the many theme parks in Dubai. Explore the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, Motiongate, Aventura Park, LEGOLAND Dubai, Wild Wadi Waterpark, Dubai Safari Park, Bollywood Parks Dubai, Six Flags Theme Park or Madame Tussauds just to name a few. There is a park for every niche interest and every age. Dubai’s theme parks and experiences even extend to those who love winter wonderlands. Set in the Mall of the Emirates is the Middle East’s first indoor ski resort, Ski Dubai. Challenge yourself with 22,500sq. metres of snow over 5 runs of varying difficulty. Ski Dubai has snow caves, toboggan slopes and tube rides, plus an alpine café where you can sip hot chocolate or watch snow penguins on their daily march!
The fun in Dubai doesn’t just extend to families. Known for its luxury, extravagance and excellence in a range of world-recognised business sectors, there are activities for everyone, no matter their specific interest groups! Shoppers can spend their entire holiday browsing malls, boutiques and souks and still not see them all. Dubai is ranked 2nd in the world for the highest number of retail brands and even has an annual shopping festival. Browse over 100 malls or opt for the old-world charm of traditional souks. There are spice, gold and textile souks located in the old trading centre of Bur Dubai (opposite the Dubai Creek near the Dubai International Airport and Dubai Creekside). Haggle for fun and come away with the goods, including gold, authentic gemstones, raw silk and more!
If shopping for designer brands and gold isn’t your idea of luxury, perhaps a bit of art, culture and culinary excellence will appeal. Head to the Burj Khalifa first to take in all of the city at once with 360° views. This incredible building is the world’s tallest building and, on the way up to the observation deck (450m off the ground!), you’ll witness a multimedia presentation detailing Dubai’s fascinating history and all the facts of surrounding the development of the Burj Khalifia. From the top, look down on the Dubai Fountain. This impressive wonder on the water can be seen from more than 30km away and features the world’s largest choreographed fountain system, timed to lights and music. Head to the Dubai Marina next, or even The Palm to take in extravagant luxury in terms of multi-million dollar yachts, cars and residential buildings. On your way take in the incredible design and finishes on each of the buildings in the eclectic city—that alone is something to behold!
Feast on the Nightlife!
Nights come alive in Dubai. Despite it being illegal to drink or be intoxicated in public, tourists from the age of 21 are invited to engage in the range of events, entertainment venues and nightclubs throughout the city. From stadium performances by some of the world’s biggest bands, to festivals, culinary cruises and beach club parties, there’s plenty of things to do in Dubai for those who love the night! Start with a bar in your local area. Unlike any other place in the world, Dubai’s bars are extensive, sophisticated and specifically tailored to appeal to a range of niche interests. Suave gentlemen can try the GQ Bar at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, or there’s the Vault that provides stunning 71 and 72 floor panoramic views of the city. The Chameleon Club provides a true penthouse-party experience from 11pm, plus there are plenty of great post-sunset beach club parties featuring international DJs at exclusive Dubai Marina and The Palm hotels!
If loud music doesn’t appeal, spend your nights floating and walking between the restaurants, cafés and bars around the Dubai Creek. Known for kick-starting the trend of Michelin-star chefs in Dubai, the restaurants around the scenic creek still house some of the world’s most famous celebrity chefs and their international brands! Head to Downtown Dubai and Dubai Creekside to sample delights from the likes of Gordon Ramsay, Jason Atherton, Atul Kochhar and Silvena Rowe. Try Dubai Marina and Jumeirah Beach for independent restaurants or indulgent night-dining cruises, then once you’ve had your fill for the night, rest in luxury and prepare to start all over again! If fine-dining is too rich on your stomach, try homegrown flavours in the morning—Dubai has a great range of seasonal, local and organic offerings thanks to its booming sustainability movement and international chefs have started to bring a new creative breed of concept cafes to the city!
The culinary experiences on offer in Dubai well and truly eclipse the night life scene. While, at My Dubai, we’re all suckers for a penthouse bar, good company and a magical skyline, we can’t go past a food festival! The Dubai Food Festival is a citywide culinary celebration that runs from February to March. The programme is packed with events, activities, promotions and celebrity chef appearances and plates up the flavours of the world (quite literally!). Take a look at Dubai’s other festivals here and use that to help you plan your next trip. Keep an eye out for corresponding Dubai package deals and contact our Dubai Holiday Experts for assistance!